Félix Bracquemond was a French painter and printmaker. He was skilled at many printing techniques, including: lithography, engraving and etching. He was first trained as a lithographer and started engraving and etching in 1853. Bracquemond it best remembered for leading the resurgence in the popularity of etching in France. In total, he etched around 800 plates.
Top Half of Door. Etching. 1852
Portrait of Meryon. Etching. 1853
Bracquemond often drew his inspiration from nature and landscape, though he also did many portraits. Like his contemporaries he was inspired by Japanese printmakers, whose prints he found packed with imported chinaware.
Terrace of the Villa Brancas. Etching. 1876. Clark Institute
The Hare a Misty Morning. Etching. 1872
Didier Erasme (portrait). Etching
Bracquemond also worked as a decorative artist, designing patterns at a porcelain factory in Sèvres and at the atelier of Havilan in Limoges. The versatile artist married Marie Bracquemond, one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionist painting.
Bracquemond was awarded Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1889. He is still regarded as one of the leading printmakers of 19th century France.
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